Today’s Editorial August 28: Stealing from charity just wrong

People that break in to businesses and homes to steal are bad characters.

People that break in to charity organisations and steal are disgustingly bad characters.

We wanted to use a stronger word to describe them, but this is a family newspaper.

Sometime last week Cayman Hospice Care was the victim of one of several burglaries that occurred just before and after Hurricane Dean made its threat to the Cayman Islands.

The $300 the thieves stole can be recovered through generous donations.

But making off with the three cell phones is inexcusable.

Those phones were part of a bank of phones nurses use to keep in touch with families that count on Hospice care during emergencies. The phones were there being charged.

They’re lifeline phones.

Not only did the thieves take things that didn’t belong to them, they potentially could have caused family members already under stress unneeded anguish by depriving them of a form of communication.

Thankfully the phones were quickly replaced.

How low of a human being does someone have to be to steal from a charity?

Pretty low, we think. Scum of the Earth comes to mind.

Hospice Care’s main purpose is to ease the suffering of terminally ill patients and guide families through the end of life processes.

It’s a free service.

It’s a necessary service.

The break-in at the centre occurred as everyone was getting back to their normal lives after the Hurricane Dean scare.

The fact that there was an increase in burglaries around the time of the storm is also unsettling.

We hope everyone involved in the Dean-era burglaries is caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law and if any of them are expats, we hope they’re kicked out of our otherwise peaceful country after they are punished here.

As for the Hospice burglars, if they’ve got any of those peanuts left that they stole from the centre, we hope they choke on them.

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